This is brave, bright poetry distilled and pure.
Most readers will find The Significance of Moths to exist in that rare intersection of sophistication and accessibility that so many poetry collections cannot sustain.
At once laconic and rich, her verse is a testament to the power of economy in language.
(Camia’s) poems recover moments through sharp, strong images — a cardinal is “a matador’s flag / for the bull / of winter”…
Contemplative and affecting, The Significance of Moths burrows itself into the consciousness as an earworm would.
The Significance of Moths… will linger in the mind and memory long after the slender volume has been finished and set back upon the shelf.
Shirley Camia is a Filipina-Canadian poet.
She is the author of three collections of poetry: the forthcoming Children Shouldn’t Use Knives (At Bay Press, 2017), The Significance of Moths (Turnstone Press, 2015) and Calliope (Libros Libertad, 2011). More…
NEW WORK FROM SHIRLEY IN THE NEW QUARTERLY’S SUMMER ISSUE
June 20, 2017 – Shirley is thrilled to share that three of her new poems are featured in The New Quarterly’s Summer Issue, “The View From Here,” which was edited by special guest editor, Anna Ling Kaye. More…